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Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan (born April 10, 1915) is an American actor. Morgan is perhaps best known as Colonel Sherman T. Potter on M*A*S*H (1975-83), Pete Porter on both Pete and Gladys (1960-62) and December Bride (1954-1959), Detective Bill Gannon on Dragnet (1967-70), and Amos Coogan on Hec Ramsey (1972-74). He has appeared in more than 100 films. Early life and career Morgan was born Harry Bratsberg in Detroit, Michigan of Norwegian heritage. He was raised in Muskegon, Michigan, and graduated from Muskegon High School in 1933, where he achieved distinction as a statewide debating champion. He originally aspired to a law degree, but began acting while a junior at the University of Chicago in 1935. Morgan began acting on stage under his birth name, joining the Group Theatre in New York City in 1937, and appearing in the original production of the Clifford Odets play Golden Boy, followed by a host of successful Broadway roles alongside such other Group members as Lee J. Cobb, Elia Kazan, Sanford Meisner, and Karl Malden. Screen debut Morgan made his screen debut (originally using the name "Henry Morgan") in the 1942 movie To the Shores of Tripoli. His screen name later would become "Henry 'Harry' Morgan" and eventually Harry Morgan, to avoid confusion with the then-popular humorist of the same name. Harry Morgan can be seen as a very young man in the 1941 movie "Sun Valley Serenade". He is seen pushing his way to the front of the crowd in the ballroom to hear Glenn Miller's band play "At Last". Screen career Morgan continued to play a number of significant roles on the big screen in such films as The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), Wing and a Prayer (1944), Dragonwyck (1946), The Big Clock (1948), High Noon (1952), and several films in the 1950s for director Anthony Mann, including Bend of the River (1952), The Glenn Miller Story (1953), Thunder Bay (film) (1953), The Far Country (1955) and Strategic Air Command (1955); in his later film career he starred in Inherit the Wind (1960), How the West Was Won (1962), John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1965), Frankie and Johnny (1966), Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969), Support Your Local Gunfighter! (1971), Snowball Express (1972), The Shootist (1976), The Wild Wild West Revisited (1979), and a cameo in the film version of Dragnet (1987). Besides all of the Anthony Mann films, Morgan was in a number of movies with James Stewart, including The Mountain Road (1960), How the West Was Won, The Glenn Miller Story (1954) and The Shootist (1976), also with John Wayne, with whom he also shared scenes in How the West Was Won. 1950s TV roles Morgan hosted the NBC radio series Mystery in the Air starring Peter Lorre in 1947. On CBS, he played Pete Porter in Pete and Gladys (1960–62), with Cara Williams as wife Gladys. Pete and Gladys was a spinoff of December Bride (1954-1959), starring Spring Byington, Dean Miller, Frances Rafferty, and Verna Felton. When Miller and Rafferty died within three months of each other in 2004, Morgan became the last surviving member of the December Bride cast. 1960s: Dragnet and other roles In the 1964–1965 season, Morgan co-starred as Seldom Jackson in the 26-week NBC comedy/drama Kentucky Jones, starring Dennis Weaver. Morgan is even more widely recognized as Officer Bill Gannon, Joe Friday's partner in the revived version of Dragnet (1967–70). Morgan had also appeared with Dragnet star Jack Webb in two film noir movies, Dark City (1950) and Appointment with Danger (1951), and was an early regular member of Jack Webb's stock company of actors on the original Dragnet radio show. Morgan later worked on two other shows for Webb, 1971's The D.A. and the 1972–74 western Hec Ramsey. Morgan also appeared in at least one episode of Gunsmoke. M*A*S*H (1975–1983) Morgan's first appearance on M*A*S*H was in the show's third season (1974-75), when he played spaced-out Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele ("That's three e's, not all in a row!") in "The General Flipped at Dawn", which originally aired on September 10, 1974. Steele is convinced that the 4077th needs to move closer to the front line, to be near the action. Morgan's memorable Emmy-nominated performance impressed the producers of the show. The following season, Morgan joined the cast of M*A*S*H as Colonel Sherman T. Potter. Morgan replaced McLean Stevenson, who had left the show at the end of the previous season. Col. Potter was a career army officer who was tough, yet good-humored and caring--a father figure to the people under his command. The picture of Col. Potter's wife, on the right side of his desk, is actually that of Mrs. Harry Morgan. He asked if he could use the picture of his wife, and the producers had no objections. In 1980, Morgan won an Emmy award for his performance on M*A*S*H. After the end of the series, Morgan reprised the Potter role in a short-lived spinoff series, AfterMASH.

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Apr 10, 1915 In Detroit, Michigan USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe 1942-08-28
Latest Project:
Series You Can't Take It With You 2018
Known For
Poster of Los Simpson
Poster of Más allá de los límites de la realidad
Poster of The Amazing Mr. Malone
Poster of The Showdown
Series You Can't Take It With You Unknown 2018
Pelicula Greenboy: Prescription for Death Bill Gannon (archive footage) 2013-04-20
Series Love & Money Unknown 1999-10-08
Series The Jeff Foxworthy Show Unknown 1995-09-12
Pelicula Incident in a Small Town Judge Bell 1994-01-23
Series Grace Under Fire Unknown 1993-09-29
Series Renegade Unknown 1992-09-19
Series Los Simpson Unknown 1989-12-17
Pelicula Dos sabuesos despistados Captain Gannon 1987-06-25
Series Blacke's Magic Leonard Blacke 1986-01-05
Series Más allá de los límites de la realidad Unknown 1985-09-27
Series Se ha escrito un crimen Unknown 1984-09-30
Pelicula MASH: Goodbye, Farewell and Amen Colonel Sherman Potter 1983-02-28
Series AfterMASH 1983-09-26
Pelicula El vuelo de los dragones Carolinus 1982-08-17
Pelicula More Wild Wild West Robert T. 'Skinny' Malone 1980-10-07
Series Backstairs at the White House President Harry S. Truman 1979-01-29
Series Roots: The Next Generations Bob Campbell 1979-02-18
Pelicula The Wild Wild West Revisited Robert T. Malone 1979-05-09
Pelicula Los más torpes del oeste 2 Maj. T.P. Gaskill 1979-06-27
Pelicula You Can't Take it With You Mr. DePinna 1979-05-16
Pelicula Murder at the Mardi Gras 1978-05-10
Pelicula Maneaters Are Loose! Toby Waites 1978-05-03
Pelicula Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid Hugo Peavey 1978-05-26
Pelicula The Bastard Capt. Caleb 1978-05-22
Pelicula El gato que vino del espacio Gen. Stilton 1978-06-09
Pelicula Exo-Man Arthur Travis 1977-06-18
Series Vacaciones en el mar Unknown 1977-09-24
Pelicula El último pistolero Marshall Walter Thibido 1976-08-11
Pelicula Los más torpes del Oeste Homer McCoy 1975-07-01
Pelicula The Last Day Narrator 1975-02-15
Series Bronk Unknown 1975-09-21
Pelicula Un ángel para Charlie The Angel formerly Roy Zerney 1973-03-23
Pelicula Aventuras en la nieve Jesse McCord 1972-01-01
Series Hec Ramsey Doc Amos Coogan 1972-09-13
Series M*A*S*H Sherman T. Potter 1972-09-17
Pelicula The Feminist and the Fuzz Dr. Horace Bowers 1971-01-26
Pelicula Un ejecutivo muy mono E.J. Crampton 1971-03-17
Pelicula Scandalous John Sheriff Pippin 1971-06-22
Series The D.A. H.M. 'Staff' Stafford 1971-09-17
Pelicula Látigo Taylor 1971-05-26
Series Night Gallery Unknown 1970-12-16
Pelicula También un Sheriff necesita ayuda Olly Perkins 1969-03-26
Series Love, American Style Unknown 1969-09-29
Pelicula Viva Max! Chief of Police Sylvester 1969-12-01
Series Dragnet 1967-01-01
Pelicula Un fabuloso bribón Sheriff Slade 1967-08-22
Pelicula Frankie y Johnny Cully 1966-01-01
Pelicula ¿Qué hiciste en la guerra, papi? Major Pott 1966-01-01
Pelicula John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! Secretary of State Deems Sarajevo 1965-03-24
Series The Wackiest Ship in the Army Unknown 1965-09-19
Series Kentucky Jones Seldom Jackson 1964-09-19
Series The Richard Boone Show Unknown 1963-09-24
Series Going My Way Unknown 1962-10-03
Series El virginiano Unknown 1962-09-19
Pelicula The Civil War Ulysses S. Grant 1962-11-01
Pelicula La conquista del Oeste Gen. Ulysses S. Grant 1962-11-01
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Pelicula La herencia del viento Judge Mel 1960-06-24
Pelicula The Mountain Road Sgt. 'Mike' Michaelson 1960-06-15
Series Here's Hollywood Unknown 1960-09-26
Pelicula Cimarron Jessie Rickey 1960-12-01
Series Pete and Gladys 1960-09-18
Pelicula Empezó con un beso Charles Meriden 1959-09-04
Series Have Gun – Will Travel Unknown 1957-09-14
Pelicula La casa de té de la luna de agosto Sgt. Gregovich 1956-01-01
Pelicula El sexto fugitivo Tony Welker 1956-04-11
Pelicula El último sol Lew Hogan 1956-06-13
Pelicula No serás un extraño Oley 1955-07-01
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Pelicula Acorazados del aire Sgt. Bible 1955-07-12
Series The 20th Century Fox Hour Unknown 1955-10-05
Series Alfred Hitchcock presenta Unknown 1955-10-02
Pelicula Música y lágrimas Chummy MacGregor 1954-01-08
Pelicula Tierras lejanas Ketchum 1954-07-22
Pelicula About Mrs. Leslie Fred Blue 1954-08-03
Pelicula The Forty-Niners Alf Billings 1954-07-30
Series December Bride 1954-10-04
Pelicula Bahía negra Rawlings 1953-05-21
Pelicula La canción de la antorcha Joe Denner 1953-10-01
Pelicula Arena Lew Hutchins 1953-06-24
Pelicula My Six Convicts Dawson 1952-03-20
Pelicula Horizontes lejanos Shorty 1952-02-13
Pelicula Trágica información Biddle (as Henry Morgan) 1952-01-16
Pelicula Boots Malone Quarter Horse Henry 1952-01-11
Pelicula Solo ante el peligro Sam Fuller 1952-03-27
Pelicula Stop, You're Killing Me Innocence 1952-12-10
Pelicula El precio de la gloria Sgt. Moran 1952-08-22
Pelicula Toughest Man in Arizona Verne Kimber (as Henry Morgan) 1952-10-10
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown 1952-10-01
Pelicula Apache War Smoke Ed Cotten 1952-09-25
Pelicula Reto a la muerte George Soderquist (as Henry Morgan) 1951-05-09
Pelicula The Well Claude Packard (as Henry Morgan) 1951-09-10
Pelicula Belle Le Grand Abel Stone 1951-01-27
Series The Amazing Mr. Malone Unknown 1951-09-24
Pelicula The Blue Veil Charles Hall 1951-10-26
Pelicula Outside the Wall Garth (as Henry Morgan) 1950-02-08
Pelicula The Showdown Rod Main (as Henry Morgan) 1950-08-15
Pelicula Ciudad en sombras Soldier (as Henry Morgan) 1950-10-17
Pelicula El demonio del mar Britton (as Henry Morgan) 1949-02-15
Pelicula Hello Out There The Young Gambler 1949-01-01
Pelicula Madame Bovary Hyppolite 1949-08-25
Pelicula Strange Bargain Lt. Richard Webb 1949-11-05
Pelicula Holiday Affair Police Lieutenant (as Henry Morgan) 1949-12-24
Pelicula Red Light Rocky (as Henry Morgan) 1949-09-30
Pelicula All My Sons Frank Lubey 1948-05-01
Pelicula Race Street Hal Towers (as Henry Morgan) 1948-09-11
Pelicula El reloj asesino Bill Womack 1948-04-09
Pelicula Sed de dominio Hermy 1948-09-28
Pelicula Cielo amarillo Half Pint 1948-12-24
Pelicula Moonrise Billy Scripture 1948-10-01
Pelicula The Gangster Shorty 1947-11-25
Pelicula From This Day Forward Hank Beesley 1946-03-02
Pelicula El castillo de Dragonwyck Klaus Bleecker (as Henry Morgan) 1946-04-10
Pelicula Solo en la noche Bath Attendant (uncredited) 1946-06-12
Pelicula It Shouldn't Happen To A Dog Gus Rivers (as Henry Morgan) 1946-07-01
Pelicula State Fair Barker 1945-08-29
Pelicula Alas y una plegaria Ens. Malcolm Brainard 1944-01-01
Pelicula The Eve of St. Mark Cpl. Tate 1944-05-22
Pelicula Gentle Annie Cottonwood Goss 1944-12-05
Pelicula Roger Touhy, Gangster Thomas J. 'Smoke' Reardon (as Henry Morgan) 1944-07-01
Pelicula Tiburones de acero Brownie 1943-04-22
Pelicula Incidente en Ox-Bow Art Croft 1943-03-11
Pelicula Happy Land Anton 'Tony' Cavrek 1943-11-10
Pelicula The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe Ebenezer Burling (as Henry Morgan) 1942-08-28
Pelicula The Omaha Trail Henchman Nat 1942-09-01
Pelicula Orchestra Wives Cully Anderson (as Henry Morgan) 1942-09-04
Pelicula Rumbo a las playas de Tripoli Mouthy (as Henry Morgan) 1942-11-09